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Baki’s rifle gets fixed a day before his qualifying event

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 25 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Baki’s rifle gets fixed a day before his qualifying event
Bangladesh shooter Abdullah Hel Baki practices at Asaka Shooting Range on Saturday ahead of the men’s 10m air rifle qualification event at the same venue today. — BOA photo

Bangladesh shooter Abdullah Hel Baki received a huge boost ahead of his 10m air rifle qualification event at Asaka Shooting Range today after his rifle problem was only resolved on Saturday.

The 31-year old, who finished 25th in the same event during the last Olympic Games in 2016, failed to do servicing of his rifle in the last two years and was scheduled to do it in Germany during his training camp ahead of the Olympics.

However, Baki failed to get his visa in the scheduled time which denied him to visit Germany for the seven-day training earlier this month and he had to go to Japan without solving the rifle problem.

“He came here with problems with the rifle. It should get serviced twice in a year where it had never been serviced for the last two years. As a result, its accuracy had fallen off,” national rifle coach Golam Shafiuddin Khan Shiplu, who is in Tokyo with Baki, told The Daily Sun on Saturday.

“There are service centres in Germany. The nearest centres are in India but we hadn't found anyone when we toured India since March. Thankfully, we found a centre in Japan,” he said.

The coach said that Baki’s performance has improved since the rifle got serviced.

“We found a huge improvement in his performance. He was also looking confident enough in the training sessions,” Shiplu said.

“He is also mentally fit. The rifle also did well after the servicing. If he continues it tomorrow (today), we can expect a good result. Our target is to qualify in the top eight,” he added.

Baki will compete against 54 shooters in the qualifying event from where the top eight will make it to the final of the event, which will take place on the same day.